What we practice, we become.
Everyday, what your doing/eating/discussing/planning is paving your future.
Its exciting and scary.
The Bhagavad Gita has our backs on this one "Even a little of this dharma will save you from great sorrow".
What are your practices?
What can you weave into your day? Start with something ridiculously simple, read a Mary Oliver Poem, stare at the sky for 5 minutes, drink water with mint, sit with your beautiful breath for 2 minutes.
Practice makes traction, little by little. Don't reinvent the wheel, look at your days and weave things/practices into pockets of your day that will work for you and your current life.
I love to swoon around in the words of this recent genre of Poets; Nayyirah Waheed, April Green, Cleo Wade and Atticus.
Their words are like little offerings, little Altars to our spirits. I find poetry soooooooo nourishing and calming. How about you?
Lately, I'm loving the poem above by Nayyirah Waheed and I'm going to dive into the words and extract some Yoga for you (and me) from them.
tonight. under the moon. choose you.
Such a beautiful invitation.
tonight. This first word feels to me a little like the first word in the Yoga Sutras, Atha. A sweet calling or invitation to your heart and soul, to commit to a time but not any time ...... tonight.
under the moon. Oh the magical night time feel and sight of the moon. Under to me also feels like the exhale, a kind of surrender to the busy "to do", "to be" or lately "be more". Tucking that to the side and stepping out, under the mystery and beauty of the moon with feeling of the exhale. Open, listening, surrendered bathing in the beauty of the moon.
choose you. Yes! Choose you. Make that choice to have your own back, to spend some time thinking and feeling what it might look like to simply make that decision. What does that look like in your life? It feels to me like a little reminder of our dharma. To choose the blueprint of your soul, to follow that map. The Bhagavad Gita indicates that following our dharma is where our happiness lies! Even if we fail, even if we have to try and try again, that our real happiness lies in following our own path wholeheartedly.
This sweet poem, this little cup of words feel like a prayer for me. A calling, and a reminder to step out and take a few minutes to soak it up, be with the moon, the nighttime smells and make a little intention to choose me, my highest, my best.
Thank you always to Nayyirah Waheed for your books of poems! Forever grateful to you.
Books: Go to either Book Depository or Amazon for her publication: Salt and Nejma.
Oh, the sweetness and delight of a New Moon!
The New Moon gets a bit underrated I feel. The Full Moon is there, we can all see her beauty, shining her light for all to see, but there's a special quality about the New Moon. Its there, but we can't see it! Its a mystery. And how lovely to have mystery.
The New Moon is a wonderful time to write down a wish or intention and begin to cultivate space for it to take hold. Over the years I've set many intentions, said a heap of prayers and had a bucket full of wishes. And this is what has worked for me.
Here's a little New Moon ritual:
Before the actual New Moon take some time for quiet.
Take a seat and perhaps close your eyes, settle into your space.
Begin to let the breath settle.
Place palm over palm on your heart.
Feel into the beat of your own heartspace.
Honour it. Listen to it. Respect your heart.
Perhaps reflect on where you are in life, what your priorities are and check in if they are clear for you?
From your values, and priorities check which ones might need some special devotion, maybe your intention might be to hold a value close to you and let it slowly permeate your days?
You might have quote that lately has taken you, for some reason. Perhaps let that quote be your compass for this new moon? What is it about that quote that compels you?
Is there a prayer or a mantra that you feel drawn toward? There's another choice for you.
So you can see if you look around, in your life, that you will most likely find existing material to work with. Check in that it is true for you first, does it really "spark joy" (thank you Marie Kondo!). Careful, your not inspired or distracted by what someone else is up to.
Double check that its in alignment for you, it will feel true, if its part of your dharma, your unique path.
Then take some time to write it out, into a journal or notebook. Maybe say it to yourself, check, try it on, so you can detect if its right and true for you. If it isn't, review the steps above. If it is, repeat it to yourself a few times, write it out, imagine how it might look/feel/smell/taste/sound. Use all your senses to really sink into the experience.
On the night of the New Moon, go lie down on the grass under the night sky. You of course can't see the New Moon, but like your intentions and wishes, they are most certainly present. Give them time to make their way to fullness, just like the moon.
Feel into them, say them to yourself, or out loud! Often.
Water them with your time, attention and take steps toward them.
Remember, we all need time to come into our fullness, the moon, the seasons, even your New Moon Wishes.
Om Namah Shivaya, may we honour our deepest hearts.